As the dates of the Prelims and PSLE loom closer, I am re-posting the list of Commonly Misspelled Words here. Some children are great at spelling! Others..not so good. Here is a list of commonly misspelled words. Spelling is highly important when a child reaches Primary 5.

This is because components such as Editing and Comprehension Cloze rely heavily on how well a student is able to spell a word. For example, the student may know the answer in the cloze but unfortunately spells it wrong. This is considered as completely wrong and the full mark subtracted off (yes, there is no such thing as a sympathy mark).

The same for Composition. A student may have good ideas and is descriptive in her writing. However, if the compo is peppered with spelling mistakes, a lot of marks will be subtracted off from Language.

Of course, now the new format Paper 2, the Spelling & Editing section is out of 12 marks instead of 10. It is tricky enough for a student to identify if the underlined word is a spelling or grammatical error. Better to be armed with a list of words that comes out often in this section.

Thus, I have compiled a list of commonly misspelled words. This list is of course, incomplete. Every time your child makes an error in spelling, add on the word to the list and memorize it.

Test your children before the Prelims. For Primary 5 students, learn all the 60 odd words by heart now and for the P6 students make sure that they are firmly committed to your memory! These words may seem easy when you scan through them but believe me even my A* & GEP students make mistakes in this area.

This has been given to all my regular students. For other parents, I am unsure if you are able to copy and paste these words from my blog.

P6 Commonly Misspelled Words

  1. athlete
  2. athletics
  3. aggressive
  4. authorize
  5. accumulate
  6. ascend
  7. amateur
  8. ageing
  9. acquaintance
  10. conscience
  11. convenient
  12. conscious
  13. unconscious
  14. cigarette
  15. diarrhoea
  16. dissatisfied
  17. disastrous
  18. dining
  19. desperate
  20. dilemma
  21. excitement
  22. embarrass
  23. especially
  24. environment
  25. exaggerate
  26. exhilarate
  27. enclosure
  28. familiar
  29. foreigner
  30. government
  31. horrified
  32. interview
  33. inevitable
  34. irresistible
  35. maintenance
  36. manoeuvre
  37. noticeable
  38. nausea
  39. opponents
  40. occasion
  41. occurrence
  42. panicked
  43. perseverance
  44. pronunciation
  45. pastime
  46. paralyze
  47. possession
  48. profession
  49. perspiration
  50. receive
  51. schedule
  52. separate
  53. sympathise
  54. sincerely
  55. scene
  56. sufficient
  57. severely
  58. unanimous
  59. victorious
  60. villain
  61. whether
  62. wrinkly

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